Themes revealed for Archie Moore’s presentation at Venice Biennale

Moore will use his solo presentation at the Australia Pavilion to explore identity, ancestry, and revive First Nations languages.
Archie Moore, ‘Fredrick Noel Clevens and Valerie Jean Moore’ in ‘kith and kin’, 2024. Found photograph, Australia Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2024. Graphic design Žiga Testen and Stuart Geddes. Image: Courtesy of the Artist and The Commercial. © the artist Heavily edited old photographs with high contrasts of black, grey and white. On the left is a figure taken from the chest up, whose head is completely blacked out. On the right is a full body portrait of someone wearing a white dress, the head also completely blacked out, standing against a suburban landscape.

Kamilaroi and Bigambul artist Archie Moore is the artist selected to present at the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) in the Australia Pavilion. Today (9 February 2024), Creative Australia has unveiled the title and first details of his solo presentation, which will be on show from 20 April to 24 November.

kith and kin is ‘a holographic map of relations, which connects life and death, people and places, circular and linear time, everywhere and everywhen to a site for quiet reflection and remembrance,’ says Moore.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.